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English    Jan 20, 2012 (USA)

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J. Edgar is a 2012 Hollywood biographical,drama film released on Jan 20, 2012. The film is directed by Clint Eastwood, produced by Clint Eastwood.

As seen through the eyes of J. Edgar Hoover himself, the film explores the personal, public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.

During his lifetime, J. Edgar Hoover would rise to be the most powerful man in America. As head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly 50 years, he would stop at nothing to protect his country. Through eight presidents and three wars, Hoover waged battle against threats both real and perceived, often bending the rules to keep his countrymen safe. His methods were at once ruthless and heroic, with the admiration of the world his most coveted, if ever elusive, prize.

Hoover was a man who placed great value on secrets—particularly those of others— and was not afraid to use that information to exert authority over the leading figures in the nation. Understanding that knowledge is power and fear poses opportunity, he used both to gain unprecedented influence and to build a reputation that was both formidable and untouchable.

He was as guarded in his private life as he was in his public one, allowing only a small and protective inner circle into his confidence. His closest colleague, Clyde Tolson, was also his constant companion. His secretary, Helen Gandy, who was perhaps most privy to Hoover’s designs, remained loyal to the end…and beyond. Only Hoover’s mother, who served as his inspiration and his conscience, would leave him, her passing truly crushing to the son who forever sought her love and approval.

As seen through the eyes of Hoover himself, “J. Edgar” explores the personal and public life and relationships of a man who could distort the truth as easily as he upheld it during a life devoted to his own idea of justice, often swayed by the darker side of power.

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Cast & Crew

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

J. Edgar Hoover

Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton

Robert Irwin

Geoff Pierson

Geoff Pierson

Mitchell Palmer

Cheryl Lawson

Cheryl Lawson

Roberta Dixon Palme..

Kaitlyn Dever

Kaitlyn Dever

Palmer's Daughter

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Reviews for J. Edgar

Rashid Irani


Rashid IraniHindustan Times

It’s absorbing story-telling time. No living director can be as traditional and yet modern a raconteur as Clint Eastwood can. There is a solid plot here narrated with a technica..

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Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri


Zinnia Ray ChaudhuriDNA India

J Edgar Hoover, the first FBI director and a man instrumental in founding the institution, was someone not many understood, and his life has always been a sort of mystery. There h..

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Allen O' Brien


Allen O' BrienTimes Of India

Here is a biopic on one of the most controversial power brokers of the 20th Century: J.Edgar Hoover. As one of the founder directors of the FBI, he called the shots in the agency ..

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Manohla Dargis (NYTNS)


Manohla Dargis (NYTNS)The Telegraph

Even with all the surprises that have characterised Clint Eastwood’s twilight film years, with their crepuscular tales of good and evil, the tenderness of the love story in J Ed..

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Trisha Gupta


Trisha GuptaFirstpost

Clint Eastwood’s biopic of J Edgar Hoover is a remarkably ambitious film. It is ambitious not just because of the long time period it spans — from 1919, when a 24-year-old Hoo..

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Rajeev Masand



Regarded as one of the most controversial figures in recent US history, the late 'J Edgar' Hoover gets shortchanged with a surprisingly dull biopic from director Clint Eastwood, w..

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